Author Archives: Matt Thompson

About Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a project cataloger at The Mariners' Museum library. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and was formerly a professor at ODU. You can find him on Twitter @m4ttTh0mps0n.

Good-bye for now

Of Foxes and Hedgehogs is signing off, for now at least, as I concentrate my efforts on other things. Thanks to everyone out there in Internet-land who read and commented on my students’ blog posts. Hopefully the fox will return … Continue reading

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Performance and Performativity

Notes on “Performativity” by Richard Schechner, in Performance Studies: An Introduction. The anthropology of performance has two main branches. One focuses on things that are performances: ritual; theater and dance; play. The other focuses on things that are like performances, … Continue reading

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Structuralism and Post-structuralism

Notes on Gender and Anthropology, CH.6 and 7 Importance of studying ideology The ideational approach, much like the evolutionary and cultural materialist approaches also presumes itself to be foundational. Anthropologists and other cultural theorists do not see symbolism and ideologies … Continue reading

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Notes on Bonvillain CH.9

Notes on Bonvillain CH.9 – Gender and Religion Intro • Religion is a kind of symbolic practice and it can have a profound effect on how people see reality. Anthropology studies religion so that we can understand a people’s symbolism, … Continue reading

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Greatest Hits – Fall 2012

Well here we are at the half way point in the semester and it’s time to take stock of what we’ve accomplished in the seven weeks we’ve been together. Our class went from one where only a few individuals were … Continue reading

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Women’s Studies Works-in-Progress Conference

The Program Director at the ODU Women’s Studies Dept writes: The Women’s Studies Department hosts a Works-in-Progress Conference each year, highlighting the research and activism of ODU faculty, students, staff, and alumni around issues that concern women or gender. This … Continue reading

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Openning online accounts for classroom activities

In most of your classes here at ODU you’re going to be asked to write essays. This is, generally speaking, a good thing because the more you write the better you get at it. The better writer you are the … Continue reading

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